SARS joined Suffolk's emergency services and road safety officials to launch this year’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign, highlighting the full ramifications that driving whilst under the influence can have.
The annual initiative which began on Sunday 1 December 2019, and runs until Wednesday 1 January, 2020 will see police officers carrying-out roadside checks throughout the day and night – including early morning checks – as well as intelligence-led enforcement activity.
Motorists under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a contributary factor to a vast number of serious or fatal road traffic collisions, which can very easily result in all of the emergency services having to attend the scene.
Suffolk Police is encouraging members of the public to provide them with intelligence about potential offenders to help officers identify who they are, so they can take appropriate action and prevent such collisions from occurring.
For the first time this year, an online portal has been set-up to enable members of the public to report any concerns relating to suspected drink or drug-driving directly to the Roads and Armed Policing Team. Those that would prefer to do this anonymously can still contact Crimestoppers as in previous years.
Specific time slots have once again been reserved at Ipswich and Norwich Magistrates’ Courts to deal with those caught drink-driving. This effectively means that offenders could lose their driving licence within 24 hours of being breathalysed whilst facing additional fines.
During last year's campaign in Suffolk 772 drivers were breathalysed, with 72 providing positive readings. 183 people undertook roadside drug tests, which 76 people failed. In addition, eight people were arrested for failing to provide a specimen, while six people were arrested for being unfit to drive through drink and drugs.
For more information please visit www.suffolkpolice.uk